Oklahoma State lost ground in the #1 spot but not enough (yet) to fall behind Louisville. Big movers this week were Gonzaga shooting up from below the Top Twenty to #13 and Arizona St. dropping 8 spots to #18. Gonzaga still hasn't played any really good teams, but has won its last three games by a minimum of 22 points. Arizona State meanwhile lost a game to #98 Washington and was penalized accordingly. Also new to the Top Twenty are Michigan State -- vaulting almost as far as Gonzaga on the basis of the solid win against Indiana -- and UCLA -- being rewarded for demolishing USC and also I give them an extra point (*). Cincinnati and Wisconsin continue to climb steadily, while Arkansas and Colorado are sinking.
(*) Just kidding.
TOSS-UP OF THE WEEK
#3 tOSU @ #5 Michigan State: Toss-up
The toss-up of the week is also the first AP Top-25 matchup of the week. A slight hair of an advantage goes to MSU in what should be a typical BigTennish contest.#7 Baylor @ #9 Iowa St: ISU by 12
The PM has ISU just on the edge of the really top-notch teams and Baylor down at #30, so it's no surprise it predicts an easy home victory for ISU.#23 Illinois @ #4 Wisconsin: Wisc by 9
Illinois beat Indiana last week, so they're the ranked team, but not nearly as good as Wisconsin.
#1 Arizona @ UCLA: Arizona by 2
The PM believes in UCLA, and home court is going to be worth something, but Arizona should still manage to win this game.#24 Memphis @ #12 Louisville: Louisville by 18
Memphis's loss to Cincinnati suggests that even at #24 the AP is over-rating them.Minnesota @ #5 MSU: MSU by 5
This game might be closer than expected, and MSU may be down if they lost to tOSU. Go Gophers!#25 Kansas St @ #18 Kansas: Kansas by 9
Should be a routine win for Kansas, but they have a trap game earlier in the week @ Oklahoma that they might lose.THE AUBURN CONSOLATION GAME OF THE WEEK
#21 Missouri @ Auburn: Missou by 2Northwestern @ Iowa: Iowa by 22
If Auburn can pull off the upset, it will be some consolation for the Auburn fans grieving about Monday night's loss.THE BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK
Not a lot of blowouts predicted for this week.